Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – June 14th, 2013
LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
In Sheboygan, only a few trailers have been seen in the Deland ramp lot at any time. Success has been spotty, with some boats fishing near shore in 10 to 40 feet of water and others working in 70 feet of water. A few steelhead and browns have been taken, but the constantly shifting winds and variable weather patterns are making it difficult to target fish. The 8th Street ramp remains closed. Fishing pressure remains low on the piers. Because of wave action and rains, water clarity in and around the harbor is very low overall, but clarity along North Pier is good.
Port Washington saw good catches of cohos last week, along with a few browns, steelhead, and lake trout. Most fish were caught between 75 and 90 feet of water on peanut flies. Fishing pressure has remained low in the marina and near the power plant, and success has been minimal.
Milwaukee trollers were catching good numbers of cohos in 70 to 120 feet of water, 25 and 50 feet down. The best presentations were large or small orange flashers paired with peanut files. Blue, white, and green flies seemed to produce the most cohos. The fishing has been was so good that nearly every boat that came into McKinley Marina had their limits. Fishermen off of McKinley pier also caught cohos on live bait rigs of alewives and shiners, though success is hit or miss. The Oak Creek power plant has produced a few cohos and browns with the best presentations being alewives under a float or casting plastics or crankbaits off the pier.
In Racine, trollers have been catching good numbers of cohos and a few chinooks. Limits have been common. The cohos have moved offshore, and most trollers have been targeting 50 to 100 feet of water. Fishing pressure along the Racine shoreline and off the piers has been light. The near-shore cohos accessible to pier anglers have moved out.
In Kenosha, trollers were catching limits of cohos and a few chinooks. The cohos moved from 20 to 30 feet of water out to the 60- to 90-foot range. Coho fishing shut off for the pier anglers. Alewives have also become scarce in near-shore waters. Anglers working near the mouth of the Pike River have taken a few browns on spoons. A few bluegills have been caught on wax worms by anglers fishing in the Simmons Island marina.
In Waukesha County, anglers on Pine Lake are catching largemouth and smallmouth bass. Walleye anglers are having their best success during low light conditions. Some anglers were catching crappies on Pine Lake.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.
Water temperatures were just getting into the low 60s. Smallies finished spawning and have moved out to the bars, where they are starting to feed pretty good. Crappies are up on the weed edges in 6 to 10 feet of water on Lake Mendota at Fox Bluff, University Bay, the student union. Lake Monona crappies were in the same depths. Bluegills were cruising the shallow waters. Monona water temps were a little warmer than on Mendota. Monona largemouths finished spawning and were very active in 6 to 8 feet of water. Muskie fishing has been slow on the Madison chain.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN AREA
Fishing was slow, but folks were catching fish here and there. Water levels are still high, but fishermen still found spots to fish from shore. The Mississippi River was again on the rise, and was expected to crest early last week about a foot higher than its present stage. Several boat landings have been affected by water reaching into the parking lots. Low lying areas such as Bagley Bottoms near Bagley and Schleicher’s Landing near Cassville remain under water. Inland trout and bass fishermen are reporting good success on area streams. Several 15-inch smallmouth bass and saugers have been caught at the Potosi public boat landing. Several morel pickers have commented that the season is not as good as last year, but they have been finding morels since the last rains. There are trumpeter swans attempting to nest on a marsh within the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway between Blue River and Boscobel and they can be seen from Hwy. 133.
Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.
SAUK CITY AREA
People are still finding morel mushrooms in the Sauk County hills. The mushrooms are hard to find due to the dense undergrowth. Trout are biting on Devil’s Lake. The smallmouth bass are biting on the Wisconsin River and on Lake Wisconsin.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.